Work with and learn from some of today's most significant working artists.

Each year, the Visiting Artist Series brings several notable artists to ASLD to teach master classes, which supplement existing ongoing classes and workshops. This extraordinary opportunity allows students and artists from the community to work with and learn from some of today’s most significant working artists. ASLD is indebted to the visionary support of the Olson-Vander Heyden Foundation and the advisory committee.

Visiting Artist Bill Amundson

BILL AMUNDSON | Ability: All
For over forty years Amundson has been working subversively within both the mainstream and periphery of the art world, looking for creative opportunities wherever they might arise. Join us for a lively and insightful lecture with renowned artist, Bill Amundson, who will discuss his prolific career spanning four decades. During his 35 years in Colorado he found inspiration in such disparate outlets as arts festivals, gallery shows, street art, absurdist performance and the mediums of radio, television and the printed word. His credits include founding the Fort Collins Suburban Art Guild, performing as one half of the hillbilly duo the Anthracite Boys, placing over 1000 subversive drawings in homes and businesses across Denver over the course of 8 Cherry Creek Arts festivals and public projects for the Denver Theater district and the Mellow Mushroom restaurant chain. He has provided illustrations
for numerous periodicals, written humorous and critical pieces for the Rocky Mountain News and the legendary underground punk zine Expresso Tilt. He has also been included in six exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum since 1996, delivered a Logan Lecture there in 2012, and had solo exhibitions across North America.

March 15 | Wednesday, 6:30-8PM
$5 member, $10 for non-members

Making Art Work in the Real World / Being An Artist in Everyday Life
BILL AMUNDSON | Ability: All
Bill Amundson will lead participants through the potential for being creative in all life situations, no matter how far-fetched or banal. Topics will include overcoming impediments to creating on a daily basis, inventing from our direct environment, engaging the neighborhood and community expressively and utilizing humor to overcome the daily stigmas associated with living the “artistic life.” Through numerous presentations and demonstrations, Bill will expound on his methods and techniques and encourage workshop attendees to develop their own, unique take and approach.We will address these issues through diverse exercises each day in a variety of media, with the emphasis primarily on drawing and writing materials, including pencil, colored pencil and marker. The workshop is open to all skill levels, the only prerequisite being a desire to embrace the creative challenges inherent in our absurd, complex, frustrating and fascinating world. And make them work for YOU.

March 16-18 | Thursday-Saturday, 9AM-4PM
$241.50 for 3-day workshop, $283.50 for non-members

Bill Amundson

Thank you to our series sponsors!

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Connie Burwell White and William W. White Foundation

Some of our past visiting artists have included:

  • Beth Cavener gave a sold out lecture and demonstrated her monumental sized animal sculptures in person during a three day long demo.
  • Ricardo Miranda Zuniga in conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas, Zuniga offered a lecture, adult workshop and teen workshop
  • Erick Meyenberg, also in conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas, Meyenberg offered a lecture pertaining to his installation work
  • Jan-Ru Wan gave a week long installation workshop that concluded with a student exhibition
  • Becky Yazdan discussed her abstract paintings and lead a workshop
  • Gail Rieke– gave a lecture and workshop emphasizing her interest in traveling and journalling as part of her installation work
  • John Balistreri, who demonstrated his techniques for making large-scale sculpture in clay and lectured on his pioneering work utilizing 3D rapid prototyping technology to create unique ceramic objects.
  • Jenny Morgan, who lectured and taught a Master Class on the psychological self-portrait.
  • Bonnie Stahlecker, who brought her bookmaking techniques to ASLD in partnership with the Guild of Bookworkers, and lectured on the evolution of her books to sculpture.
  • Patrick Horsley, who demonstrated his techniques in thrown and altered ceramic forms.
  • Bill Amundson, who lectured on his creative process and led a master class in drawing.
  • Jenny Dubnau, who taught a master class and lectured on her creative process in painting psychological portraits.
  • Del Harrow, who led students through exercises and experiments with new and old techniques in stoneware clay and casting slip after an instructor-lead visit to the concurrent Marvelous Mud exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.
  • Matt Brown, who introduced the Japanese Hanga Method in a woodblock printmaking workshop. See also Wood and Water article on Matt’s work.
  • Ricardo Mazal, who presented his unique artistic process, which incorporates abstract painting along with digital photography and technology, monotypes, and video. See also Finding Meaning in the Abstract article on Ricardo’s work.
  • Jeanette Pasin Sloan, who works in the great still-life tradition of Western art and takes a distinctly modernist approach to design and color.
  • Richard Notkin, whose teapots, ceramic sculptures, and tile murals are visual explorations into social and political commentary.
  • Chinese artist Yang Yang, who came to Denver with the Asian Arts Coordinating Council.
  • We introduced Zimbabwe sculptor Collen Nyanhongo.
  • Also, VSA arts Colorado partnered with us to bring deaf Israeli artist Uzi Buzgalo to the League to present workshops.

Advisory committee: Rachel Basye, Mark Friday, Tom Burke, Sandy Carson, Richard Chanzit, Peter Durst, Colleen Fanning, Homare Ikeda, Gayla Lemke, Katharine Smith-Warren and Sharon Walsh